April 22, 2013 at 3:40 PM
Kasey Keller joins U.S. U-20 national team as an assistant coach
UPDATE 3:40 p.m. — A Sounders FC spokesman says Keller’s U-20 coaching gig won’t affect his broadcast work for the team.
Nestled near the bottom of this U.S. Soccer news release, which announced the U-20 camp roster, is a note that Kasey Keller has joined Tab Ramos‘ staff as an assistant coach — not a goalkeepers coach.
Keller had often expressed interest in getting involved as a coach following retirement.
That makes three Sounders connections in camp this week as defender DeAndre Yedlin and academy forward Jordan Morris were called up as players (that news was known earlier in the day).
For Morris, who stars on the Sounders’ U-18 teams, it’s his first call-up to the national team at any level.
Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said Yedlin would be back Sunday, presumably after the U.S. U-20s play Chivas USA’s reserves to close a week-long camp at The Home Depot Center.
“This is a very important camp for us and is a segue toward selecting our final group for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup,” Ramos said in the release. “Because it is a domestic camp, we get to have 24 players on hand. We have some players who haven’t been seen and others who were part of the tournament, so we’re really looking forward to seeing how they perform.”
The U-20 World Cup takes place June 21 to July 13 in Turkey, and the U.S. is grouped with Spain, France and Ghana.
Full roster after the jump:
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U.S. U-20 camp roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cody Cropper (Southampton FC; Maple Grove, Minn.), Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara; Santa Rosa, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (8): AJ Cochran (Wisconsin; St. Louis, Mo.), Sean Cunningham (Molde FK; Troy, Mich.), Eric Miller (Creighton; Woodbury, Minn.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (C.D. Guadalajara; Riverside, Calif.), Jeffrey Payeras (C.S.D. Municipal; Hawthorne, Calif.), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Javan Torre (UCLA; Santa Monica, Calif.), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders; Seattle, Wash.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Marlon Hairston (Louisville; Jackson, Miss.), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), Mikey Lopez (Sporting Kansas City; Mission, Texas), Collin Martin (Wake Forest; Chevy Chase, Md.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew; Gahanna, Ohio)
FORWARDS (7): Daniel Cuevas (Santos Laguna; Sacramento, Calif.), Daniel Garcia (North Carolina; Dallas, Texas), Alfred Koroma (Akron; Southlake, Texas), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders Academy; Mercer Island, Wash.), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.), Omar Salgado (Vancouver Whitecaps; El Paso, Texas), Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)
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